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Xspedius Communications Chooses IP Solutions from Lucent Technologies and Juniper Networks.

MURRAY HILL, N.J. & SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- -

Xspedius To Offer Services Over Lucent and Juniper Networks End-to-End IP Infrastructure

Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU) and Juniper Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: JNPR) today announced that Xspedius Communications, an integrated communications provider (ICP) headquartered in O'Fallon, Mo., has selected a solution from Lucent's Accelerate(TM) Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) portfolio and Juniper Networks routing platforms. The three-year agreement paves the way for Xspedius to offer VoIP services to business customers throughout its network across the southern U.S., and has a value to Lucent of $35 million.

Xspedius will use the Lucent Accelerate(TM) solution to create a VoIP-ready network capable of providing its business customers with future VoIP applications such as voice virtual private networks, virtual contact centers, managed bandwidth services and unified communications, as well as traditional voice services. As a result of its relationship with Juniper Networks, Lucent will deliver, install and maintain Juniper routing platforms to support the enhanced IP services on Xspedius' network.

Lucent Worldwide Services is providing network integration, installation, maintenance and professional services.

"Xspedius has consistently sought out the best available technology for our customers' telecommunications needs," said Mark Senda, president and chief executive officer of Xspedius. "We are leveraging our financial strength and customer growth in local data and voice offerings across our 31 switch markets to make the technology transition to MPLS and VoIP solutions. Working with Lucent and Juniper gives us the network performance and smooth migration path to quickly expand our voice services over IP and MPLS-based product sets."

"Lucent continues to make serious inroads in the growing VoIP marketplace with contracts like these," said Gerry Cafaro, Lucent Technologies vice president. "Xspedius' success is evidence of its commitment to giving its clients the telecommunications tools they need to succeed, and as they continue to expand their reach and services, we look forward to supporting them with the solutions they need to meet their aggressive goals."

"We're proud to announce Xspedius as a joint customer with Lucent," said Kurt Melden, chief scientist, Juniper Networks. "The strategic relationship between our two companies enables customers to transform their networks to create IP/MPLS-based infrastructures with end-to-end high performance and assurance for supporting business-critical applications such as Voice over IP. This type of infrastructure is a key requirement for service providers evolving today's networks to Infranets, which combines the ubiquitous connectivity of the Internet with the assured performance and security of a private network."

Xspedius is deploying Lucent's 5E-XC(TM) switch from Accelerate(TM) portfolio and the Juniper Networks M-series routing platforms. The agreement also includes Lucent's PacketStar(R) (PSAX) 4500 Voice over Packet Media Gateways.

Lucent's Accelerate(TM) VoIP Solutions

Lucent's Accelerate(TM) VoIP solutions help wireline and mobile service providers rapidly deliver profitable Internet Protocol-based solutions that support the convergence of traditional voice services with multimedia services, including Web-based features. As a result of combining Bell Labs technology and expertise and Lucent service offerings, Accelerate(TM) solutions will help enable more efficient, secure and reliable VoIP services than available to service providers previously. For more information about Accelerate(TM) solutions: www.lucent.com/accelerate.

Lucent and Juniper Networks Relationship

Leveraging the companies' combined expertise in networking, the Lucent and Juniper relationship delivers market-ready unified solutions through a strong joint development program that has produced industry-leading ATM-over-MPLS interworking to support network convergence and the ability to manage Juniper Networks routing platforms under the familiar Lucent NAVIS(R) iOperations Software suite currently used by Lucent customers to manage their multiservice switches. Lucent and Juniper Networks also are collaborating on other joint developments to enable service providers to transform their networks smoothly and profitably.

About Xspedius Communications

Xspedius Communications, LLC, employs a unique blend of innovation and efficiency to provide businesses across the southern U.S. with facilities-based competitive local communications services. A privately held company based in O'Fallon, MO, Xspedius Communications offers integrated voice, data and Internet services over a network covering more than 3,500 route miles across the country, while maintaining industry-leading growth. For more information about the company, visit www.xspedius.com.

About Juniper Networks, Inc.

Juniper Networks transforms the business of networking by creating competitive advantage for our customers with superior networking and security solutions. Juniper Networks is dedicated to customers who derive strategic value from their networks, including global network operators, enterprises, government agencies and research and educational institutions. Juniper Networks' portfolio of networking and security solutions supports the complex scale, security and performance requirements of the world's most demanding mission critical networks. Additional information can be found at www.juniper.net.

About Lucent Technologies

Lucent Technologies designs and delivers the systems, services and software that drive next-generation communications networks. Backed by Bell Labs research and development, Lucent uses its strengths in mobility, optical, software, data and voice networking technologies, as well as services, to create new revenue-generating opportunities for its customers, while enabling them to quickly deploy and better manage their networks. Lucent's customer base includes communications service providers, governments and enterprises worldwide. For more information on Lucent Technologies, which has headquarters in Murray Hill, N.J., USA, visit www.lucent.com.

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